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From CONTENT to CONCEPT to OBJECT will address issues involved in book making and binding design. Students will explore various methods of thinking and working that enable them to find individual expression in the book form. Through a series of specific and innovative exercises, each student will develop a concept for their own book and give it form through the consideration of surface design, texture, scale, shape, pattern sequence and rhythm. Students will consider their binding (or enclosure) and its role in the total object as they design and make the book’s pages. They will bind the book using design concepts developed in the content development phase of the class as well as other ideas and techniques that will apply specifically to the successful completion of the book. The result will be a well thought out and inventive integrated whole.

While some of the materials and techniques used in this one-week class are not ones used in fine binding, the concepts of design and invention are directly applicable to leather bindings and the fine binding form.

This class is open to everyone interested in book and binding design. No previous bookmaking experience is necessary.


This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques, develop more advanced and sophisticated ones and even invent new techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge gilding, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will have an opportunity to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise. Students are encouraged to use this class as an extensive fine tuning of their forwarding techniques or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific advanced technique.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals / Intermediate Fine Binding or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated as needed or desired.


**CANCELLED** | OCTOBER 26 – 30, 2020 | JULIA MILLER | $800
The rich variety of the earliest codex binding structures from Egypt have been overlooked in the study and teaching of book history in model-based workshops, aside from a very few exemplars such as the Glazier Codex and the Nag Hammadi Codices. This workshop is intended to survey the body of information that is now available on early codex structures ranging from the 3rd to the 10th century and beyond. The workshop will function as a seminar on the early codex, combined with a significant hands-on component. The participants will interact with early bindings on four levels: preparatory readings assigned before and during the workshop, lecture/powerpoint presentations presented each day by the instructor, roundtable discussions of early structures based on readings and lecture, employing instructor models – how they inform us and relate forward in history, the gaps in our knowledge and possible interpretations of purpose and technique. The making segment will be self-motivated, departing from the kit model approach. Participants will bring a supply of recommended materials and can choose in advance (and on-site) which structures they intend to model. They will diagram those structures, decide on measurements, prepare their materials, and construct their models. The instructor will provide instructional materials and will oversee and advise, but the idea is individual decision-making and independent benchwork.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding, Level 1-2; the equivalent or beyond. Students should be self-motivated, with a deep interest in the historical importance of the bindings to be studied.


**CANCELLED** | NOVEMBER 2 – 6, 2020 | PETER GERATY | $800
The secret to good edge gilding is technique and practice… It isn’t as painful as you might think! In this class students will be guided to explore and accomplish several types of edge treatments including solid edge gilding, rough edge gilding and gilding in the rough (what’s the difference? come find out!), colored and decorated edges, gauffered edges and maybe even some foredge painting. Additional techniques will include multicolored edges with gold and/or palladium flakes, sponged, tooled and painted edges.

Over the course of the week students will have the opportunity to experiment with these techniques but emphasis will be placed on solid edge gilding as that is the most intimidating process, requiring repetition to achieve success and confidence. Students will leave this class with the knowledge to invent and configure their own style.

No prior bookbinding skills are necessary although a knowledge of tools and materials is helpful.


**CANCELLED** | NOVEMBER 9 – 13, 2020 | PETER GERATY | $800
Required for the Integrated Studies diploma but available for all interested students, the type of tooling taught in this class allows the finisher to hand-tool books in the least amount of time possible. This technique is often used for application on fine leather edition work and requires minimal preparation and transfer of the design on the spine and cover, mostly relying on the binder’s hands and eyes for accurate tool placement. It is also a method of tooling that is applicable to one-of-a-kind leather bindings that are not budgeted for a more labor intensive treatment. In this comprehensive one-week class, students will be led through the steps involved in producing shiny, bright, brilliant and clear tooling on leather books, and will be given specific guidance in the development of hand-eye skills necessary for success. They will learn correct sizing, gold handling, and tool heat and pressure. Probably as important as learning these proper procedures, students will be exposed to an assortment of tricks, short cuts and problem solving techniques that Peter has developed, learned and adapted over his long career. Historical examples will also be presented for reference and models to follow in class.


**CANCELLED** | NOVEMBER 16 – 20, 2020 | LANG INGALLS | $800
If you have never taken a bookbinding class before, this is the class for you. This is a one-week class devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into cloth and paper covers.

Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, making and sewing the signature and producing a pamphlet binding. From there they will expand to multi-signature sewing and case binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques, tricks and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover and more are taught in this class.